Aston Martin SUV to be powered exclusively by petrol
Contrary to previous reports and popular belief, Aston Martin’s upcoming entry into the SUV market will not have an electric, plug-in hybrid or diesel option.
The SUV, hitherto known as DBX and expected to be called Varekai, will launch next year and compete with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus, the yet-to-be-announced Ferrari SUV and high-end Range Rovers.
The SUV was previewed in the form of 2015’s DBX electric crossover concept, but AM’s plans have changed since then. CEO, Andy Palmer, told Automotive News Europe that there are no plans for a fully-electric production DBX, nor diesel or PHEV versions.
My belief for a long time is that diesel's life is limited. Ultimately it's dead.”
As for hybrids, "... you've got the [extra] weight and cost of two technologies. It's probably a convenient stepping stone but it's not one we need," Palmer said.
Automotive News Europe expects the Varekai to use Aston Martin’s V12 engine as well as the twin-turbocharged V8 from Mercedes-AMG.
However, the Lagonda sub-brand will get a dedicated EV platform, which could spawn an electric SUV.